WWW: Cowichan Sweaters, Super Sweaters, Giveaway!

Because we love our readers, we have a bonus for you today! We’re giving away three sets of Sajou Eiffel Tower scissors and a wooden tape measure.


The scissors are a replica of a model that dates from the end of the 19th century, and is a celebration of the construction of the Eiffel Tower at the Universal Exhibition of 1889. They are hand-made in a small French shop.

A fabulous addition to any knitter's toolkit.

The tape measure is reproduction of a traditional small wooden tape measure.

Thanks to BagSmith/Sajou for this fabulous prize. Value is $104/set.

Post a comment by the end of the day Friday March 30th to be entered to win.

Image courtesy Chad Hipolito/The Globe and Mail

The traditional Cowichan sweaters, originated by the Coast Salish peoples of Western Canada, have been recognized by the Canadian government as an object of national historic significance. This article from the Globe and Mail profiles a knitter, May Sam, who has been making these sweaters for decades. This piece from a local newspaper gives more detail and history on the garments.

A fabulous place to knit!

Check your calendars! The Icelandic knitting magazine Lopi og band has announced the details for the Nordic knitting conference Gavstrik 2012. The conference, with the theme of “Icelandic knitting – past and present”, runs August 6-11 this year. This conference is held every year in different a small town or village in the Nordic countries, and this year’s event in Iceland promises to be fascinating and engaging. The schedule of events, classes and lectures looks amazing. More information about the event here. Gavstrik is a grassroots organization of knitting professionals and enthusiasts founded over 20 years ago.

I want this sweater!

Super Sweaters! Artist Hanie Mohd decided that the superladies featured in DC Comics universe of Superheroes looked a little cold in some of their outfits, so she designed sweaters for them.

Workers from Toronto Public Library System, an organization in the throes of labor issues, is hosting a knit-in at Toronto’s City hall today.

A nice little piece about knitter Loani Prior, who reinvented herself as an internationally recognized expert on tea cozies.

The knitter with some of her work.

Tina Selby of Wales is leading a campaign to knit warm hats for UK military personnel stationed in Afghanistan. She’s sent over 5,000 hats (each packaged with a chocolate bar), and expects to ship off another 2,000 for the start of next winter.

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917 thoughts on “WWW: Cowichan Sweaters, Super Sweaters, Giveaway!

  1. Stephanie H.

    These are wonderful items that could almost be heirlooms. So cool that one of could win them.

  2. Jen

    What could be better than knitting? Having those cute scissors and tape measures beside me as I knit. Ooh la la!

  3. Anonymous, too

    Ooh, la, la! Both scissors and tape measure are almost too precious to use routinely. Still, they’d look tres chic in a shadowbox. . .!

  4. kayT

    Well, 916 people beat me to this but I have to say that tape measure is too cute so I have to try! Thanks for the pictures anyway, and for letting someone win, even if it’s not me (but I can hope).

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